Montana Highway 13

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Montana Highway 13 marker

Montana Highway 13
Route information
Maintained by MDT
Length: 112.507 mi[1] (181.062 km)
Major junctions
South end: MT 200 in Circle
North end: Hwy 36 at Port of Scobey
Counties: McCone, Roosevelt, Daniels
Highway system

Montana Highways

US 12 I‑15

Montana Highway 13 (MT 13) is a 112-mile-long (180 km)[2] state highway in the east of the U.S. state of Montana. The highway begins at its southern end at MT 200 and connects the three county seats of McCone, Roosevelt and Daniels counties. It also provides access across the northern international border into Saskatchewan, towards Moose Jaw, at the Port of Scobey.

Route description[edit]

MT 13 begins in the northeastern corner of Circle, where MT 200 also leaves town. From here to the Missouri River crossing south of Wolf Point, the highway is classified as part of the scenic Big Sky Back County Byway.[3] MT 13 proceeds in a northeasterly direction for a few miles before turning onto its main northerly orientation. The road travels through the eastern portions of McCone County, servicing the small community of Vida along the way. After crossing the Missouri River, the road enters Roosevelt County as well as the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and remains within the reservation's boundaries for much of its remaining journey. Almost immediately, the route veers to the right at a Y-intersection with MT 25, which allows southerly access to and from Wolf Point, which lies to the west of MT 13. Shortly afterwards, after crossing the BNSF Railway's Northern Transcon, the highway crosses US Highway 2 (US 2), allowing northern access to Wolf Point. After another 32 miles (51 km),[1] the highway crosses into Daniels County, leaving the Fort Peck Indian Reservation a few miles later. A short distance after crossing the Poplar River, MT 13 enters Scobey and intersects with MT 5. From here, the highway has an unimpeded run to the International Boundary at the Port of Scobey, with the pavement continuing on into Canada as Saskatchewan Highway 36.[2]


Up until the 1960s, MT 13 used to reach the international boundary at the Port of Whitetail, east of its current northern terminus. In addition, the highway used to extend south of its current terminus of Circle, passing through Brockway to Terry.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
McCone Circle 0.00 0.00 MT 200 Southern terminus; Big Sky Back Country Byway continues southwest along MT 200.
Roosevelt   46.803 75.322 MT 25 Access to Wolf Point; just north of Byway terminus at Missouri River bridge
  50.471 81.225 US 2 Access to Wolf Point
Daniels Scobey 97.999 157.714 MT 5
Port of Scobey 112.507 181.062 Hwy 36 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Transportation Planning Division, Data and Statistics Bureau, Road Inventory and Mapping Section (2011). "Montana Road Log" (PDF). Montana Department of Transportation. pp. 4, 155–6, 164–5. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Google (August 5, 2012). "Overview of Montana Highway 13" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Staff. "Big Sky Back Country Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ballard, Mike; Droz, Robert V. (October 17, 2006). "Montana State Highways 1–50". Montana Highways. Self-published. Retrieved August 5, 2012. [unreliable source?]